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‘Jealous security boss assaulted ex after hiding tracker in her handbag’

Split: John Westwood
and his ex, Hazel
Burnett (below) PICTURE: BNPS

A SECURITY expert hid a tracking device in the lining of his ex-partner’s handbag after becoming jealous when she met a man on Tinder, a court heard.

John Westwood used the gadget to track Hazel Burnett’s movements after the breakdown in May of their 12-year relationship.

When Ms Burnett, 40, found the device she confronted Westwood, who admitted it was his but denied he had put it in her bag, Poole magistrates court heard.

Days later, when the 57-year-old was moving out of their home in Bournemouth he tried to take the tracker. But when Ms Burnett grabbed it, Westwood forced her against a bedroom window, the court was told.

She injured her shoulder and upper arm in the attack, which ended when her 18-year-old son leapt on Westwood’s back and put him in a headlock.

Westwood claimed he put his arms on Ms Burnett ‘to calm her down’. He said her injuries were the result of her son jumping on his back, causing all three to fall to the floor in a heap.

Ms Burnett said she found the covert device under the lining of her handbag. She believed it was to find out what she was doing.

Nicola Peach, prosecuting, said: ‘These are the actions of a jealous man.’ The court heard Westwood harassed taxi driver John Major, the man Ms Burnett had dated. He contacted Mr Major via Facebook and followed him in his car.

Westwood, of Christchurch, Dorset, denied assault and harassment but was convicted of both charges. He will be sentenced on December 17.